Calling All Beach-Loving Bookworms: A Luxury Resort in the Maldives Is Hiring Someone to Sell Stories on the Shore
A job advertisement spotted by The Guardian is looking for a literature-loving beach bum to staff a bookshop in the Maldives.
Ultimate Library, which operates a store inside five-star resort Soneva Fushi, wants to hire someone to interact with customers, host creative writing workshops, and write a blog about the "exhilarating life of a desert island bookseller," according to the job posting.
The library's founder, Philip Blackwell, admitted that the pay is modest, but told The Guardian that "the fringe benefits are unparalleled." No salary is listed in a blog post advertising the position, but for many, it represents a rare opportunity to stay in the stunning Maldives, where many luxury resorts cost upwards of $1000 per night. Soneva Fushi's prices range from $2000 a night for a one-bedroom villa to nearly $26,000 for a "playful deserted island mansion."
"It's very much a niche in a niche, selling quality books to the super-rich, but they are starting to appreciate the discreet charm of a good book," Neill Denny, editor of industry journal BookBrunch, said of the growing demand for print books among affluent buyers.
Ultimate Library curates library collections for resorts around the world and has locations at 30 luxury hotels, as well as collections on a cruise ship and at a Kenyan game reserve.
Candidates must be able to commit to at least three months on the job—beginning in late November—and must have excellent writing skills, a passion for books, and the ability to engage guests.
To apply for the position, send your resume and a sample of your writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31.
[h/t Travel + Leisure]